Lanka’s bal­lot pa­per to be ex­tra long: EC

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Colombo: Sri Lankan Elec­tion Com­mis­sion said on Tues­day that plas­tic bal­lot boxes would be im­ported for next month’s pres­i­den­tial polls as the bal­lot pa­per has an ex­tra­or­di­nary length due to a record num­ber of can­di­dates.

A to­tal of 35 can­di­dates would be con­test­ing the pres­i­den­tial poll on Novem­ber 16 — the high­est ever in Sri Lanka’s his­tory. “The spec­i­men bal­lot pa­per is 26 inches in length,” EC chief Mahinda De­shapriya said. He said ex­ist­ing bal­lot boxes might have to be mod­i­fied and larger polling booths would have to be con­structed. He­said the govern­ment will have to in­cur a cost of more than Rs 4 bil­lion to con­duct the poll. “There will be 70 polling agents per can­di­date at each polling sta­tion.”

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